Mandarin Character Course: Part 1, zhào 照. Building your Chinese vocabulary and knowledge of Hanzi 汉字


In these posts I will be discussing a single character in Mandarin Chinese, and giving a few example sentences using it.

Today’s character or hanzi 汉字 is 照 zhào.

照相 zhào xiàng = to take a picture

照相机 zhào xiàng jī = camera

照顾 zhào gù = to look after / to consider (someone’s feelings)

照看 zhào kàn = to look after

照料 zhào liào = to take care of

照片 zhào piàn = a photograph

参照 cānzhào = to consult


As you can see, there are lots of similar words using zhào which translate similarly into English as ‘to look after/to care for’.

Let’s look at some examples:

你的照相机在那儿? nǐde zhàoxiàngjī zài nǎr?  Where is your camera?

我想照顾你。wǒ xiǎng zhàogù nǐ.  I would like to/want to look after you.

他明天要照相很多照片。tā míngtiān yào zhàoxiàng hěn duō zhàopiàn.  He is going to take lots of photos tomorrow.


Why don’t you write a sentence using ‘zhào’ in the comment box below and I’ll check it for you?

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